My spring onion heads turned yellow. Once I set spring onions in the soil, the heads turned brown and they are growing slowly with yellow leaves.

It's summer season in my country. My soil is a mix of clay and old cow manure.

Why did this happen, and how can I correct it?

  • Old cow manure? Do you mean composted, well rotted cow manure? Is the soil otherwise very heavy clay? Was the manure added some weeks or months before planting, or at the same time?
    – Bamboo
    Commented May 24, 2015 at 13:50
  • yes they are well composted and the soil is heavy,i remember,i have mixed the soil with manure since 2 month when i was planting lettuce. Commented May 24, 2015 at 14:37

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Onions do not like a lot of nitrogen in the soil, and recently added manure also increases the risk of rotting, so its always best to add composted manure six months before you want to plant. They also don't like heavy, wet soil, preferring free draining planting conditions, and they don't like a soil ph below 6.5. Not sure what the ph value of your cow manure would have been, it shouldn't really have made the soil more acidic, so that probably isn't the issue.

It might just be that they're in a heavy soil, and there's too much nitrogen available - poor drainage in heavy soils also greatly increases the risks of fungal infection and rotting, and causes poor growth.


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